The Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County has signed onto the US Chamber’s Coalition letter directed to President Biden

This letter discusses the ongoing labor negotiations between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Detroit Three: General Motors, Stellantis, and Ford Motor Company. By lending our voice, we aim to contribute to a balanced and equitable resolution that benefits all. Read the full letter below. 

Dear Mr. President:

The undersigned organizations are concerned by the growing possibility of a strike by the United Auto Workers (UAW) in their negotiations for a new labor contract with General Motors, Stellantis, and Ford Motor Company (Detroit Three). A UAW strike would impose significant hardship on American families and the economy so we, therefore, urge you and your Administration to provide the support necessary to help the parties reach a new agreement by the September 14 deadline.

The Detroit Three are critical to our economy. They produced 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. in 2022, alongside 3.5 million engines, and 5.6 million transmissions.[1] A 2020 report[2] shows that the Detroit Three are supported by 238,000 employees at 260 assembly plants, manufacturing facilities, research labs, distribution centers, and other facilities across 31 states. They work with nearly 9,700 dealerships, which employ nearly 660,000 U.S. workers. Additionally, every vehicle that rolls off the assembly line of a Detroit Three automaker contains anywhere from 8,000 to 12,000 different components manufactured by over 5,600 U.S. suppliers. Over 690,000 supplier jobs are estimated to be tied to the Detroit Three, which accounts for anywhere from 20% to 70% of their business. This means a strike will quickly impact large segments of the economy, leading to layoffs and potentially even bankruptcies of U.S. businesses. While UAW’s 40-day strike on General Motors in 2019 forced suppliers to temporarily lay off approximately 75,000 workers, every indication is that a strike today would be significantly more severe for many businesses. Indeed, one analysis estimates a 10-day UAW strike could result in economic losses of more than $5 billion.[3]

No one should want a strike. The Administration has already employed its formal and informal convening power in the past year to help parties reach agreements in the freight railroad, West Coast port terminal, and UPS-Teamster contract negotiations. We urge you to lend similar help here and work with the parties to help reach an agreement by September 14.



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Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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Antelope Valley Chamber of Commerce

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Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

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San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership

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Mount Nittany Health’s Physician Group Establishes Tuition Reimbursement Program with the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology

Partnership will cover tuition for full-time and part-time LPN and CMA students

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce a partnership with the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology (CPI) to provide tuition assistance to students enrolled full-time or part-time in the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) programs. As part of the program, students will receive employment agreements to work at Mount Nittany Physician Group upon graduation, if they meet the eligibility requirements.

“Mount Nittany Physician Group is looking to the future,” said Kathleen Rhine, President and CEO of Mount Nittany Health. “As we continue in our mission of ‘Healthier People, Stronger Community,’ it is a priority for us to increase our clinical staff to continue providing high-quality care to our patients. This partnership with CPI will help create a pipeline of LPNs and CMAs as we continue to innovate ways to serve the local community.”

The program will cover full tuition for eligible and selected full-time and part time students of the LPN program and the CMA program offered by CPI.

“We’re excited to provide this educational opportunity to the local community,” said Amy Trithart, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resources and Ancillary Services Officer, Mount Nittany Health. “As an employer of choice in the area, Mount Nittany Physician Group is an important part of Mount Nittany Health which has over 2,400 employees at our 19 locations in the Centre region. This partnership is an innovative way to continue to attract top talent to our healthcare system.”

“We are very pleased to expand our long-standing partnership with Mount Nittany Physician Group” stated Todd Taylor, Vice President, Post-Secondary Education for CPI. “In addition to outstanding career opportunities available at Mount Nittany Physician Group at graduation, participating CPI students will now have tuition sponsorship funding available to them to focus on their studies and graduate with little to no student debt. It really is a great time to be thinking about a career in the medical field. CPI looks forward to working closely with Mount Nittany Health as we grow our campus and expand our health-related degree programs.” said Taylor.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact please contact Megan McKalips, Manager, Talent Acquisition, Mount Nittany Health at More information about the program is also available at

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak Opens New Office in Altoona; Now Has Six Locations Throughout Northeast and Central Pennsylvania

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, an elder law firm with current locations in State College, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, Wyalusing and Wysox, Pa., is pleased to announce the opening of a new office, located at 1913 East Pleasant Valley Blvd. in Altoona. The firm will begin seeing new and prospective clients in this new location on Wednesday, October 4, 2023. This marks the sixth location for SGY, which opened another new office earlier this month in Wilkes-Barre. The Altoona office can be reached at 814-900-7613.

“We have been serving clients from the greater Altoona and Blair County areas for several years now, ever since the firm moved into State College in 2015,” said Attorney Jenna Franks, a partner at the firm. “This new office in Altoona will allow us to better serve these clients that live closer to Altoona, as well as further grow our practice and the number of people we’ll be able to assist in the future with their various estate and long-term care planning needs.”

SGY was founded 21 years ago by Attorney Julie Steinbacher, who opened a single office in Williamsport, Pa., and for over the last two decades, has assisted thousands of clients with their legal planning needs for their second half of life. The firm acquired the State College elder law firm of Goodall & Yurchak in 2015. In 2021, upon the retirement of Attorney Leslie Wizelman, SGY acquired her former elder law firm with locations in Wyalusing and Wysox, enabling it add a wide swath of Pennsylvania’s northern tier to its geographic footprint.

The firm’s mission is to provide protection in times of prosperity, security in times of uncertainty and comfort in times of crisis. It focuses solely on elder law, which enables it to provide a full suite of services relates to estate planning, both basic and advanced. SGY’s services include, but aren’t limited to wills, powers of attorney, special needs planning, estate administration, will disputes, guardianships, long-term care planning, nursing home Medicaid planning, wealth protection and tax planning, business succession planning, veterans’ benefits planning, elder care navigation, and Alzheimer’s and dementia planning.

The firm anticipates hiring additional staff for the Altoona office as it continues to grow its client base in Blair County and beyond in the coming months. Initially, however, the office will be staffed with team members that are currently working out of its State College location.

Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak is an elder care and special needs law firm offering quality representation to clients throughout Pennsylvania. It now has six locations in Altoona, State College, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, Wyalusing and Wysox. Since its beginning in 2002, the firm has dedicated itself to practicing law with extraordinary standards of ethics and values. The vision of the firm has been to provide individuals and their families with a unique plan to protect their assets for their spouses and future generations, while providing for their immediate and long-term needs. More information, including resources and seminar information, can be found at To schedule your appointment at any of its offices, call 1-800-351-8334.

Chamber Hosts Healthcare Forum

A sold-out crowd of Chamber of Business & Industry of Centre County (CBICC) members gathered to discuss the evolving healthcare landscape in our region.

Speakers included:

  • Kurt Kissinger, Chief Strategy and System Development Officer at Mount Nittany Health
  • Kirk Thomas, Chief Administrative Officer of Geisinger Western Region
  • Heather Franci, MBHA, BSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at Penn Highlands Healthcare

The panel addressed pivotal topics in healthcare, including the cost of care, how AI is currently impacting healthcare, investments in access to care, and how they are addressing the healthcare workforce shortage.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Don’t miss our next Voice of Business Luncheon: State of the County on Thursday, October 5, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

GET Solar Communities Centre Region

With the quickly rising cost of electricity and the new federal incentives available for those going solar, now is the time to explore how going solar on your own property can save you money. Many Pennsylvanian companies and organizations have saved thousands to millions of dollars in energy costs over the life of their solar systems, with many more expected to go solar in the next few years.

That’s why a local group of community leaders have partnered with the PA Solar Center (a statewide nonprofit) to form GET Solar Centre Region. GET Solar Centre Region will provide businesses, nonprofits, and community property owners with free technical assistance and financial guidance on going solar – namely, how it can save them money.

For example locally, University Mennonite Church installed their 27.75 kW solar array in June 2023. The 75 solar modules are designed to offset 100% of the church’s annual electricity consumption. This will save them an estimated $96,000 in energy costs over the next 25 years.

Want to know how your company or organization can do the same? Plan to attend one of the free informational meetings scheduled at noon on September 19th, and 20th over Zoom.
We will be teaching some creative ways organizations like yours could reap the benefits of solar energy. You can expect to learn more about the following:

  • Tax credits
  • Grant programs
  • Technical assistance
  • USDA REAP program grants and loans

The PA Solar Center will even offer a free assessment of your company’s solar potential and can issue RFPs for estimates from qualified solar developers. The PA Solar Center will review the bids with you and help you make sense of them — serving as your unbiased guide through the whole process.

If you are interested in attending, please register here: GET Solar Centre Region ( Can’t attend but are interested in learning more? Contact Pam Adams at Centre Region COG,